Pakistani professor draws line between war and Jihad
Seyed Hussein Shahid Sohravardi, professor at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan expressed his views regarding war and Jihad and the difference between them in current circumstances addressing the webinar for the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference.
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Pakistani professor detailed the Qur'anic view on Jihad and draw line between that and war and state terrorism as the issues plaguing the world of Islam at present, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
He denounced those people who present themselves "Muslims more than other Muslims" to justify their killing other people in the name of Allah and Islam.
He said, "This approach of proving themselves as Muslims more than other Muslims is, in fact, lashing back."
He noted that some people kill others only because of something happening against their wish, something which goes against human nature because Satan has played a very important role in that.
"To fix such dirty minds, human beings are allowed to defend themselves, defend the truth, defend their nobility, and defend noble acts and peace" he said and stressed that this is the time when there is no need for dialogue.
Seyed Hussein Shahid Sohravardi also said, "When one's ideologies, innocent people, boundaries, countries and good deeds are threatened then the war is called just war or "Jihad", a struggle for the good.
"Prophet Mohammad said Jihad is in two types: first, the one in which you are fighting against one's evil wishes emerging right inside him" he said and added," Second, is to fight against those evil men challenging the authority of a good noble ideology or are kill some innocent people."
Pakistani professor related on state terrorism saying, "Certain countries adopt killing of innocent people in another country as their state policy" calling the Islamic Republic of Iran as the biggest victim of state terrorism."
Professor at the University of Peshawar called on world countries to identify state terrorism in order to stop the countries that commit state terrorism so that the world may become a peaceful place to live in.
Seyed Hussein Shahid Sohravardi delivered his speech in the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference held on the theme "Islamic Unity, Peace and Avoidance of Division and Conflict in the World of Islam."
World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought scheduled the 35th edition of the Islamic Unity Conference for October 19-24 ending with the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) also known as the Islamic Unity Week.